Herd mentality describes how people are influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors, follow trends, and/or buy items. Examples of the herd mentality include stock market trends, fashions in apparel, cars, taste in music, home decor, etc.
#1. Be creative
Number one on the list has to be creativity. We can not constantly look to others for ideas on how to run our lives. We have to use our imagination, not just eyes or ears, to come up with our own ways to live. Yes, get the ideas from others, but don’t copy them from A-Z. That’s boring.
#2. Have your own kick-ass goals
I couldn’t resist to throw this one as a number two. Goals give us direction in life and they powerfully affect choices we make daily. Goals are terrific way to avoid crowd mentality, because they will make you move in directions based on your own desires, decisions and ideas, not someone else’s.
#3. Be a master of choice
Everything starts with a choice. Become a “choiceologist”! Realize that you chose what your goals are, who your friends are, where you work, what the length of your hair should be, what you eat, how much you eat, whether to finish reading this post or check Facebook.
You make a choice to delay gratification to invest your money or blow it at the mall in one beautiful spring weekend. You make a choice to be drug free instead of having your body continuously filled with substances that don’t really support you.
You chose, what to think, what to say, and what to do. Chose wisely.
You chose how to spend every precious minute of this life? Doing what?
#4. Don’t be afraid to say NOOOO!
Sheep don’t ask questions when it’s time to turn. The herd walks in unison. Nobody questions anything. It’s just that everybody else is doing it so I will too.
Just because everybody else is doing it, doesn’t mean you have to. Say no, and walk in opposite direction, test it and watch what happens.
#5. Don’t apologize for who you are or where you come from
Where you are from or who you are, are things that need to be embraced not hidden. You don’t have to be from somewhere else. The creative, successful types are powerful not because of where they are from, but because of where they are going.
#6. Don’t try to find yourself, create yourself instead
Yes, It’s great to discover what the world has to offer, but running around like a headless chicken trying to find yourself or discover your purpose can be exhausting. Create yourself instead. Decide what you are driven by, what is the most important to you, how do you want to spend your time? With the right questions this can be done in a weekend, not in twenty years.
#7. Succeed like crazy
Here is my favorite. Really stand out from the crowd. How? By succeeding like crazy. Leave your competition in the dust. This is the greatest challenge. Become a master of the heard.
Now you have a master mentality. The herd can do whatever the hell they want to. You do your thing.
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Getting rid of the herd mentality is a challenging process. Social pressure is undeniably strong and it is designed to suck you in it’s vortex of uncreative and uninspiring life. That’s a nature of being a part of a herd.
Don’t let that happen to you. Opt out and start paddling up the stream. Or step out of the stream altogether and start walking sideways.
Whatever you do, always ask?
How do I want to spend my time on this earth? Doing what?
One way to avoid herd mentality is to do your own thing. It is to set your own directions in life. Your own goals. Download my FREE, step by step, guide to unconventional life: Start Late, Achieve Your Goals Anyway, And Live Without Regrets.
Till next time.